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BEAM aligned community projects

 The following are projects that OpenBeam is either interested in (and therefore logging and following their progress) or to whose progress we have made some amount of contributions:

Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

Concept

Plan

Development

Available

Description: A Place for All. Third Sector's shared space concept would provide a common entry point to community resources through its "front door" concept. Seeking 40,000 - 50,000 sf of public space for 3 core uses.  Community Cultural Center providing interactive gathering spaces for civic engagement, education, celebration.  Community Front Door offering a centralized entry point for individuals seeking access to community resources and activities.  Nonprofit COOP functions as the enterprise, funding general operations for the entire facility while creating operational efficiencies for NPOs.
Impacting : Diversity and Inclusion
Led by : Diversity Council, Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium, CMRC


Global Economic and Cultural Exchange (ECCEX)

Description: Many Rochester groups have individual efforts to increase cultural and trade relationship with emerging global markets. These efforts can be made more effective if coordinated and they receive a local leadership sponsorship from local governments and business leaders. Rochester-MN with its DMC initiative is in a unique position to play a brokering role.
Impacting : Economic Development
Led by : OpenBeam.net


Maintain and Evolve the 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points (Community Dashboard)

Description: The 2016 Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points report has been available since Oct. 2016. The new project is to look at ways to maintain and sustain the dashboard. Working with Minnesota Compass to implement a social indicators dashboard that measures progress in Olmsted County. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.
Impacting : Metrics
Led by : openBEAM.net


Pathways to Equity

Description: Pathways to Equity works with marginalized populations to build integrated navigation solutions at the community level. It establishes, compensates, trains, and nurtures liaisons and navigators within ethnic populations who are charged with forming enduring relationships with and increasing cultural understanding among service providers, civic structures, and businesses.
Impacting : Income
Led by : Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) / Diversity Council


Virtual Financial Support for Nonprofit
Description: Small nonprofits typically rely on nonprofit principals or volunteers to do their books, make payrolls, invoices and make payments. They use Quickbook but do not always have the skill or knowledge to be efficient in their accounting systems. OpenBeam is piloting migrating local Quickbook installation the cloud to make time-sheet processing, book-keeping and financial reporting to be done remotely and securely.
Impacting : Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium
Led by : openBEAM.net


Description: Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).
Impacting : Health
Led by : DMC EDA


Cradle to Career

Description: Every child and young adult succeeds cradle to career, through shared purpose, alignment and accountability among community partners This is the purpose of the Cradle to Career initiative in Rochester, Minnesota. Education is a powerful strategy to improve educational outcomes resulting in healthy individuals, families and community who have economic stability with productive careers and contribute positively to a civic and equitable society.
Impacting : Education
Led by : United Way of Olmsted County and Rotary Clubs of Rochester


Health-centric Design of Discovery Walk

Description: Public realm along the 2nd Avenue corridor from 2nd Street to 6th Street (Soldiers Field.)
Impacting : Health
Led by : DMC EDA


Description: Previous Census efforts have identified “hard to count” communities, including Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals, immigrants and refugees, and children under the age of 4. Given what we know about our API communities statewide, our Council believes that a complete count committee dedicated specifically to our community is in the interest of the state of Minnesota. Therefore, we invite you to join the API Complete Count Committee (CCC), to ensure that all API Minnesotans participate fully in the 2020 Census.
Impacting : Diversity and Inclusion
Led by : Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM)


Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Description: The Intercultural City Initiative is a bold effort on the part of a wide variety of organizations and individuals to align the collective power, creativity, expertise, and energy of our cities toward a future of inclusive growth. Inspired by the comprehensive and coordinated approach of the Council of Europe Intercultural City program, Minnesota’s Intercultural City Initiative is focused on using high leverage influence strategies to realize this future faster.
Impacting : Diversity and Inclusion
Led by : City of Rochester, MN


OpenBeam: A "For Purpose" Enterprise

Description: Exploring the building out of Open Beam as a "For-Purpose" entity to support community initiatives. Many social/economical development initiatives suffer from vertical organizational structures that have their origin in the industrial age of emphasizing command and control. Vertical structures are silo in nature and do not facilitate cross structural information sharing and individual accountability. They inadvertently create distrust and thwart innovation. This project builds out the Open Beam entity to demonstrate how a “For-Purpose” dynamic organization works. The result is that Open Beam’s way of doing work becomes a proof point that we should let go of the traditional organizational model and adopt a holacratic framework to mobilize team effort. In so doing, Open Beam will help area non-profit or small organizations become more effective in their governance and their use of cloud technologies.
Impacting : Best Practice
Led by : openBeam.net


Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium

Description: Local nonprofits are working collaboratively to develop shared services to increase operational efficiencies. The top priorities identified by the community are health insurance, IT tech support, and joint purchasing.
Impacting : Best Practice
Led by : Family Service Rochester, Diversity Council, IMAA


SharePoint Usage Enablement

Description: MS SharePoint and Office 365 have been adopted and installed by many area non-profits, which is a good step toward cloud-based collaboration so that information and document sharing can take place outside the office. However, much of the power of SharePoint is not known to these organizations, such as how it can be used to build intranet/extranet websites and workflow applications that manage essential operations such as contact (Client/Donor) management. This project will lead to: (1) Getting small non-profits to better use SharePoint and (2) Build simple CRM (or other apps) to demonstrate the quick app development capability of SharePoint.
Impacting : Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium
Led by : openBeam.net


Targeted Business, Workforce Participation and Prevailing Wage Strategies

Description: To further increase participation rates of targeted businesses and workforce on DMC projects, four priorities have been identified that are outlined below. (1) Build capacity of Targeted Businesses located in Southeastern Minnesota (2) Assess gaps with existing subcontractors to determine market opportunity. (3) Recruit women and minorities from workforce to start their own companies. (4) Host workshops to educate entrepreneurs, provide consulting services for WMBVE certification process and assist with bid process to win contracts on DMC projects.
Impacting : Workforce Development
Led by : City of Rochester, MN, DMC


Description: The COVID-19 virus has presented Rochester entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits with novel challenges. However, together, we can make a difference. A grassroots initiative, led by individuals at Collider, BrandHoot, and Rochester Rising, is underway to build a free, public mobile application to support Rochester businesses.
Impacting : COVID-19
Led by : Rochester Rising, Collider, Brandhoot


Community Beam to enable community collaboration

 

Description: Many best-practiced communities have implemented community web-based dashboards to provide a "read-out" of the health and wellness metrics of the community. DMCC's website is a push technology and not so much as social, collaborative virtual teaming site. Olmsted County, Mayo, OMG (and others) have just completed a community health study and published a report. We should go further and have a plan to be more agile and responsive in changing statistics by implementing a dashboard.
Impacting : Best Practice
Led by : openBEAM.net


Minnesota Compass

Description: Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others. Data and analysis on www.mncompass.org gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities.
Impacting : Business Process
Led by : Wilder Research


Rochester Public Library's Community Networks Website

Description: Rochester Public Library's website with links to various Olmsted County resources. There is a notion of integrating the various data sources into a single portal.
Impacting : Best Practice
Led by : Rochester Public Library


SE Mn Transportation Projects Information Portal

Description: Efficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.
Impacting :
Led by : openBEAM.net